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What does it mean to live boldly?

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Living boldly means consciously doing things on your terms. If you want to break down the definition, it’s:

  1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
  2. not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
  3. necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.
  4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician.
  5. striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.
  6. steep; abrupt: a bold promontory.

Life isn’t straightforward. It’s twists and turns, and ups and downs. Yes, most of the days that we live will be mundane but there will be specific parts where you have to stand up and use your voice.

Going back to my introvert thought dump from a few days ago, introverts can be bold. Being bold doesn’t always mean being the “pick me” type. Being bold means making critical decisions, such as changing careers or educational tracks when you realize that what you were doing wasn’t suiting you.

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I’m going through this myself. I found myself a statistic of the Great Resignation at the end of October 2021. My heart wasn’t in it, clouded by my fear of failure that I accepted when I should’ve walked away sooner. I walked at the right time because there are certain things going on in my immediate family that need my attention that I could not get elsewhere.

So I asked myself what do I enjoy doing? I’m beyond the “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” mindset. I can’t believe I fell for that shit more than a decade ago. I was so passionate that I was going to figure things out for myself and that it would all fall into place. I almost wish I had kept my old blog entries from those days. I think I’m as optimistic as I was back then but I’m also crazy realistic too.

When I started developing Raconteuse Radio, I went into it with an ear for audio. I’ve always said one of my superpowers was being able to hear singles on an album. I’m one of those people who mentally edit songs when I listen to them.

I’m not a fan of being in front of a camera. Never have been. I edit my social media identity to keep my face off of it as much as possible. That’s why I’ll never get on board with Youtube, TikTok, and Instagram Reels. It’s creepy to me. I can’t explain it.

But podcasting? That I can do.

Scripted podcasting?? Even better.

I’ve read my creative writing pieces in front of people before at live events. It’s part of the job of being a writer. All it did was remind me of high school theater class and being scared shitless even though I had my phone in front of me and all I was doing was reading it straight from that.

But the thing about podcasting is the ability to edit. Do as many takes as you want. Say it as many times as you can say it. Sure, you have a self-imposed deadline but that’s nothing. You find a way to manage your time well.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that living your life boldly should be found in the ways that best suit you. As an introvert, having a podcast is probably a low-barrier entry for throwing myself out there. But you know what? I went through and I did it.

Yes, certain things had to fall into place, but developing it into this thing that I love and could see myself doing full-time makes it more meaningful for me. I want it to scale as the marketers say but I’m perfectly okay with it being this quiet thing I do every week.

I encourage everyone who reads this to go do that thing that makes YOU feel bold. The only person that matters in this equation is you. Take the first step; you don’t know where it may lead you.

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